Behold: 9 Gorgeous, Ethical Basics for your Capsule Wardrobe

February 7, 2017
Ethical Capsule Wardrobe
A version of this article originally appeared on Style Wise.

When it comes to basic wardrobe builders, we’re not all going to have exactly the same list. The dress-inclined may need dresses, cropped sweaters, and tights, while the jeans-lover may prefer classic tees and boyfriend cardigans.

That being said, I think most of us can agree that most women want a dozen or so key pieces in their wardrobe to mix and match with the signature items that makes one’s style truly personal. I searched through the archives and realized I’d never really offered a concise list of basics, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to provide some options today.

Think of this as an ethical capsule wardrobe that can serve as the jumping-off point to developing your personal style within the ethical marketplace.
You don’t need to hurry to replace the conventional items in your closet that you can still get some wear out of, but when you’re ready, I hope this list will be helpful.

A note on organization: My top pick for sustainability, endurance, and price point is listed first. I was very careful to select items that are versatile, timeless, and come from reputable brands. I own versions of several of the items listed.

1. The Tee

Ethical Capsule Wardrobe

American Giant U-Neck Tee, $24.50

Other options:
American Giant V-Neck, $24.50
Everlane U-Neck, $20
Everlane V-Neck, $15-18
Dorsu Rolled Sleeve Crew, $49 AUD ($35.14 USD)

2. The Casual LBD

Ethical Capsule Wardrobe

Synergy Column Dress, $77.60

Other options:
Synergy Bamboo Alexa Dress, $91.20
Dorsu Roll Neck Dress, $79 AUD ($56.65 USD)

3. The Jacket

Ethical Capsule Wardrobe

Amour Vert Kala Ponte Moto Jacket, $138

Other Options: 4-in-1 Lightweight Jacket, $89
Synergy Anorak Jacket, $154.00

4. The Jeans

Ethical Capsule Wardrobe

Thought Apparel Queenie Organic Jeans, £54.90 ($67.41)

Other Options:
Levi’s Sliver High Rise Skinny (made with sustainable denim), $198
Kings of Indigo Dido Straight Leg Jean, $168

5. The Skirt

Ethical Capsule Wardrobe

Synergy Bamboo Holly Skirt, $77

Other Options:
Synergy Bamboo Full Skirt, $75
Dorsu Midi Skirt, $59 AUD ($42.31 USD)

6. The Blazer

Ethical Capsule Wardrobe

Amour Vert Shely Ponte Jacket, $148

Other Options:
People Tree Betty Jacket, $99

7. The Comfy Cardigan

Ethical Capsule Wardrobe

Fair Indigo Boyfriend Cardigan, $69.99 (on sale)

Other Options:
Amour Vert Michaela Softest Cardigan, $88
Skunk Funk Danae Cardigan, $109

8. The Sandals

Ethical Capsule Wardrobe
Birkenstock Essentials Arizona Slide, $34.95

Other Option:
Melissa Flox Unisex, $105

9. The Sneakers

Ethical Capsule Wardrobe
Etiko Organic High Tops, $73.09

What’s your favorite ethical wardrobe pick? 

Also by Leah: These 5 Resources Make Ethical Shopping Way More Fun (& Less Stressful)

Related: Hold Everything & Look At These 5 Utterly Gorgeous, Conscious Sneakers

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Leah is the founder of Style Wise, a space to celebrate, discuss, and discover fair trade and sustainable fashion. She lives in Central Virginia with her grad student husband and their super cute pet rats, Mercury and Pilumnus. Follow Leah on Instagram @stylewiseblog.


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